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that this is matched by a historic effort that extends beyond our government, because america has no greater resource than the strength and the compassion of the american people. we just met in the oval office, an office they both know well, and i'm pleased that president george w. bush and president bill clinton have agreed to lead a major fund-raising effort for relief. the clinton/bush haiti fund. on behalf of the american people, i want to thank both of you for returning to service and leading this urgent mission. this is a model that works. after the terrible tsunami in asia, president bush turned to president clinton and the first president bush to lead a similar fund. that effort raised substantial resources for the victims of that disaster, money that helped save lives, deliver aid and rebuild communities. and that's exactly what the people of haiti desperately need right now. every day that goes by, we learn more about the horrifying scope of this catastrophe -- destruction and suffering that defies comprehension, entire communities buried under mountains of concrete, families sleeping in th
of the earthquake victims. the president writes, quote, in times of tragedy the united states of america steps forward and helps. that is who we are. that is what we do. for decades, america's leadership has been founded in part on the fact we do not use our power to subjugate others. we use it to lift them up. at no time is that more true. if you are looking for a way to help, here are a couple ways to do it. and for a list of other organizations, help in haiti, log >>> this afternoon president obama will commemorate martin luther king day by hosting a small group of african-american senior citizens and their grandchildren to talk about the legacy of the civil rights movement. this morning attorney general eric holder marked this day by volunteering with the youth services opportunities project. mr. holder and other volunteers served breakfast at the search of the epiphany in washington, d.c. again, all part of the legacy for that man, martin luther king jr. later this evening, president obama and first lady michelle obama, will honor dr. king at a let freedom ring concer
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. why is light versus dark still an issue? maybe the broader america doesn't understand lighter skinned black people were treated better because they were seen more proximate to the dominant white culture, given better privileges in slavery because they were produced by unions between white men and black women. there is a huge tension in the broader society. lighter skinned blacks are seen tore liked by whites. negro dialect, what does that mean? jesse jackson is one of the most eloquent men we know, so is al sharpton. they all ran for president of the united states of america. joe biden made the same comments. mr. obama needs to step up to the bully pulpit and not be loathe to deal with the issue of race and say this is a teachable moment. yes, we can can accept the apology of mr. reid. let's deal with light skinned versus dark skinned and teach america about some of these more vicious issues. otherwise they do look like hypocrites in my book. >> i heard so many people over the weekend say they were surprised by this but you cover the election, as did i. there were people who did not u
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the economy and creating jobs in communities large and small across america. on friday the president will travel to ohio for the next stop of the white house to main street tour. during the visit the president will hold a town hall meeting at the community college with workers, local business leaders and small business owners about ideas on continuing to grow the economy and putting americans back to work. one more thing before we take questions. i think -- is this -- [ inaudible ] >> martin luther king. how are we doing this? the website -- this is the website that is now active for people to donate on behalf of the relief for the efforts in haiti. >> white house correspondent for "the new york times." jeff, let me ask first of all about this news when we've just had confirmed that the president is going to go to purchase on sunday to campaign for martha coakley. what does that tell you about the urgency they feel about the health care agenda and that race? >> it tells you the white house is more than alarmed about this. they are terrified about losing this seat in massachusetts, wh
admitting there is no foolproof way to keep america totally safe. the president said agency reports showed a lack of coordination as well as a failure to connect the dots despite having information needed to stop that plot saying he's not interested in the blame game. he said the ultimate responsibility is his. >> i am less interested in passing out blame than i am learning from and correcting these mistakes to make us safer. for ultimately the buck stops with me. as president i have a solemn responsibility to protect our nation and our people. and when the system fails, it is my responsibility. >> well, one year now into the term, the president is the president spending enough time fighting terrorism or has he failed to recognize the gravity of the situation as his critics are claiming. bill press is a nationally syndicated radio talk to show host john feehery is a republican strategist. thanks for joining us. >> hi, alex. >> hi, alex. >> bill, i'll begin with you. the admission is taking a lot of new steps to try and create problems, which include assigning clear and culpable responsibil
this extra security? >> fighting back against bank of america. a california lawyer says he is fed up with fees and is threatening to sue the bank. >>> a new survey smooes people aren't happy with their jobs. of course, people who can't find employment aren't happy either. but will there be more jobs in 2010? >>> a big unveiling. new technology that could change the way you watch and own movies and television shows. >> "it's the economy" on msnbc. we begin with breaking news. following this out of california. flights are suspended in and out of bakersfield airport after discovery of hazardous material. found in a checked bag. now, tsa employees found some kind of chemical ear at that point reportedly in a sports boughtal that was packed away in luggage. airport officials say it doesn't appear to be terrorism related but they haven't yet identified exactly what that chemical is. two tsa workers have been overcome by fumes. they were treated at the hospital and released. right now police are questioning the owner of that bag. we will bring you more on this story as details come into the
california lawyer is refusing to pay his credit card bill and threatening to sue bank of america. that will explain more of the battle, lot of consumers may be able to relate to. >> stranded passengers at newark airport. find an interesting way to pass the time. just one of the stories today that will make you say no way. >>> welcome back. following breaking news outside of chicago. video coming in from our affiliate wmax of what is a downed cargo aircraft. according to the official at chicago executive airport whi i, a royal air cargo jet down south of the airport. it is believed that possibly the pilot was the only person onboard. we have not been able to get exact confirmation. some of the words coming out right now, this is a small wooded area or wooded area, i should say, near the airport with a small aircraft went down. it belongs to a company, according to their website, specialized in cargo as well as a charter service. executive charter service. and they are searching in and around this area now. you can see that aircraft, cargo plane, absolutely in pieces there. you can
high-speed trains really succeed in america? >>> it is a political battle unlike any other. the fight over the toothbrush. that's right. massachusetts is the first state to require all children who eat a meal at a daycare or attend for more than four hours to brush their teeth during the class. some parents and care givers are praising the new regulation, but some are saying, not so fast. it's too much government intervention. joining me live here in studio, dr. susan taylor, board certified in both dermatology and internal medicine. good morning to you, doctor. i know you understand the concerns here but with these parents saying too much government, literally hands in my children's mouths, what's your opinion? >> first of all, it is estimated that 25% of kindergarteners in massachusetts have tooth decay. and that's going to lead of course to pain and infection. but, the real issue is that there are more serious medical issues that can develop with gum disease. what you might not realize, cardiovascular disease, strokes, diabetes, there is an even association between gum disease and
basically through the internet. one of the representatives of the organization and america got the news directly from -- >> the orphanage director. >> sent us an e-mail and i guess we got it through facebook. >> it's incredible the technology you've been able to get this information. lisa, where do you go from here. you have to feel helpless. when you look at this video, these beautiful children you wan to give a better life to and it's a process. >> we don't know. there's a lot of rumors about the american government being able to get at least some of the children in the process of getting adopted back into the united states but we have not heard any confirmation of this. >> how long have you been going through the process to get them here? >> for eriksson it's been over a year and a half. thurlene is new. >> about six months. >> have you heard from local members of congress maybe in new york or other places trying to offer their assistance to you? >> well, actually we were contacted by spot stringer to lend a hand and we've been going back and forth with e-mails. hope fully we're goin
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his son. frag men tear information from yemen over the summer picked up by america's intelligence agencies. why wasn't this all put together. we're expected to hear two things. first of all, the recommendations that the president will make in all of these failures. from white house officials and outside the white house. as well as the specific intelligence failures that led to that incident on christmas day, david. >> and now jim miklaszewski who has been talking to a lot of counterterrorism officials. jim, the president made it very clear two days ago this was not a matter of not getting the intelligence, they have the intelligence, they just didn't analyze it properly. what has been the reaction in the intelligence community and do officials that you've been talking about acknowledge there are problems still? >> reporter: that's long been one of the huge problems in the intelligence community. they have the technology to collect all this information. but they never had the precise technology, or even the manpower to analyze all of it in an expeditious factor. they get almost all
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the rubble. >> usa, usa, usa! >> a grateful crowd celebrating american rescue workers, not just america but all over the world in haiti saving lives. if you want to donate or help out in any way, you can call 1-800-4 unicef. you can also text haiti to this number, 90999. that automatically donates $10 to the red cross relief effort. for a list of other organizations helping haiti, logon to a special website we have set up, >>> turning to massachusetts, as candidates work to convince voters they are up to taking over ted kennedy's seat. they are hoping to tip scales in their favor. nbc chief washington correspondent mora o'donnell is in boston. before we do that, we understand bill clinton is speaking in port-au-prince. let's take a listen. tough to hear president clinton right now speaking. we're going to try to tweak the audio a little bit and see if we can get that in for you. meanwhile we want to turn to politics back here. in boston, this very contentious race for ted kennedy's senate seat. we'll turn to norah o'donnell with more. >> reporter: good day to you. d
searches. is that what america has become. is that what we have to deal with now, mary. >> that's not what america has become. it's the risk terrorists are putting on planes. this is not new. for example, some of these incidents and some of these copy cat terrorist plots, the ones they are copying now go back to the 1970s. in fact, some of these plots are very reminiscent of the plots in the '70s. >> calling for strip searches of every single young muslim man who travels. there must be hundreds of thousands of muslim men, if not millions every year. you can't strip-search all of them, can you? >> no, there's 753 million passengers coming to and from and around the united states. it's not physically possible. there aren't that many hours in the day. that's why we need the equipment. we need to bring us into the 21st century with the equipment. >> dayo, what about it? what about the equipment and privacy concerns? even democrats expressed privacy concerns about the equipment. >> i think this is misguided. irrespective of how you feel about racial profiling, national profiling, which is essen
.s. military. and for more now on this, we have nbc's ann curry. >> reporter: america's military is here answering haiti's call for help with a steady stream of military hardware -- helicopters, c-130s, bringing in medicines, food, water and manpower and taking out hundreds of americans, the young, the old and the injured, including missionaries. >> i love haiti. i would stay longer, but i'm told it's not safe. great place. the people are wonderful there, but it's a sad situation. >> reporter: the aircraft carrier the "uss carl vinson" is now offshore, speeding up the delivery of aid. and none too soon, says the u.s. coast guard, which has been dealing with the impact of this earthquake for days. >> aboard this coast guard helicopter, we're getting a chance to get a close-up look at the challenge the u.s. military is facing. >> reporter: a coast guard boat takes us where cars cannot, to the kilikasian coast guard base, where guardsmen are engaged in a desperate battle to save lives. everywhere you look, people suffering massive injuries, and they keep coming with crushed limbs, severe in
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down and work for america. do what's been done in the pastime after time after time. where we sit down and negotiate in good faith efforts. so far that has not happened. >> for his part senate majority leader harry reid says he plans to move forward. >> we will continue to leave a seat at the table for our republican colleagues. when their caucus comprises 40 or 41 members we should all be united within the walls of this chamber. >> nbc's luke russert is live for us on capitol hill. luke, with a good afternoon to you. what kind of options do the democrats have when it comes to health care? >> reporter: well, alex, after last night's stunning upset by scott brown they are limited. in theory this is what they can do. number one, the idea of passing this bill quickly before brown is seated, that was effectively killed off by senator jim webb last tonight saying democrats should wait until he's seated before the process goes forward. number two, having the house simply pass the senate bill and that bill becoming law. rank and file house democrats told me last night there's no way they will
need everyone's help in america to call their congressman and their senators and get the u.s. troops to the hotel montana. >> we are tired of this. it took us going on national tv as parents and friends here of these kids and these professors to get our government to step it up. this is enough now. there is tapping in there. that means there are survivors. this is not a recovery. this is a rescue operation. there is still hope. >> the parents also said there were reports of tapping sounds under the rubble as late as yesterday. lynn university says a team from miami-dade county is helping on the site with the rescue effort. >>> more now from the state department, want to get a response to this. now joining me from the state department, mark, good afternoon -- good morning. >> morning. >> i'm not sure you were able to hear what we just played. the father of one of those missing college students. what is your response to that? and what is the government doing to get these people out? >> well, obviously, it's hard to listen to that and not feel anything but tremendous sympathy and get a
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america, europe, elsewhere to try to talk about improving their security for the airports that feed the u.s. and today the prime minister of britain, gordon brown, said he's going to look now, again, at airport security there and may start using in the uk these full-body imaging scanners. it will be interesting to watch how this works, david. getting europeans to increase their airport security to make airline travel safer here has been a very tough road. for example, after 9/11, michael chertoff, the secretary of homeland security, said we need to get the list of passengers on planes that are leaving from europe to the united states before the plane leaves. and they said, no, we can't do that. now we get them about an hour before the flights leave. but that took months and months and actually over a year, maybe two years, of constant lobbying and cajoling to get the european parliament to come around. that was after 9/11, after a successful terror attack. the question here will be after what was thank heavens an unsuccessful terror attack will european authorities be willing to take thes
-election this year released a new ad. >> president obama is leading an extreme left wing crusade to bankrupt america. i stand in his way every day. if i get a bruise or two knocking some sense into heads in washington, so be it i'll keep fighting for jobs and economic growth for arizona as long as i'm in the senate. >> and joining us now to discuss what the new harris poll means ahead of the race for the 2012 republican presidential nomination, republican strategist and columnist for the hill, sherry jacob. tell us what this means. does it mean he'll be a front-runner or is there room for mitt romney, sarah palin, mike huckabee? >> i think there's room for everybody on that list, plus a few more. i think it's still a little bit early. but what i think it means you can an leader of the republican party and not necessarily have to be the one running for president this time around. i suppose he could if he wanted to. but as we know from john mccain, he can be very influential, whether we're in the majority, minority, whether he's running for president or whether he's not. i like the fact that he's the
from goldman sachs, morgan stanley, bank of america. joining us now with more on the financial crisis commission and what it hopes to accomplish is "washington post" financial reporter david cho. david, it seems like this is going to be a beating on capitol hill like was endured by the auto executives. is that when we are in for here? >> the commission is not intending overall to beat up on wall street executives. they are trying to unearth the causes of crisis. just the timing of this hearing. you know, in the coming days, all of these big banks will be recording record profits, record bonuses. i mean, these lawmakers can't help but ask them about that. the politics of the day will play a major role in this hearing tomorrow. >> and -- as always, appearances are so important. for instance, tomorrow, are any of these big head honcho executives going to show up having been brought from new york to d.c. on private planes? >> i don't think -- i think they will be somewhat careful about that. they are well atuned to the furor that's going on these days. >> are they? how well atuned can the
of america will also forge the partnerships that this undertaking demands. we will partner with the haitian people, and that includes the government of haiti which needs our support as they recover from the devastation of this earthquake. it also includes the many haitian-americans who are determined to help their friends and family. and i've asked vice president biden to meet in south florida this weekend with members of the haitian-american community and with responders who are mobilizing to help the haitian people. we will partner with the united nations and its dedicated personnel and peacekeepers, especially those from brazil who are already on the ground due to their outstanding peacekeeping efforts there. and i want to say that our hearts go out to the united nations which has experienced one of the greatest losses in its history. we have no doubt that we can carry on the work that was done by so many of the u.n. efforts that have been lost, and we see that their legacy is haiti's hope for the future. we will partner with other nations and organizations, and that's why i've been reac
with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for america. >> i mike is at the white house for us this morning. good morning y mike. >> good morning. >> what can you tell us about the president and where he is now on this whole thing? just waiting for that big meeting on tuesday? >> reporter: that's right. the president of the united states has a weekly radio and internet address saturday morning. it wasn't a leak or congressional testimony, he was getting out there saying it was aqap, as referred to on intelligence circles, al qaed n on the arabian peninsula, that nig nigerian man in the skies. the president had been on defense initially. it was three days before he said anything and in the meantime, republicans were attacking him for being soft on terrorism, not responding quickly enough, abolishing the term "war on terror" later, the president talked about the things he has done to fight terror, especially in yemen. >> i refocused the fight bringing to a responsible end to the war in iraq which had nothing to do with 9/11 attacks and dramatically resourcing our in
on television, you and people like you brought back to america, it was just heartbreaking. absolutely heartbreaking. >> this morning lisa myers broke the story of edwards acknowledging francis quinn hunter, nearly two years old is his daughter. edwards denied paternity even after admitting an affair with her mother, rielle hunter. today edwards said the following -- >>> also making news, what's next for conan o'brien now that the late night host struck a deal with nbc. more on that ahead. also, more aftershocks in haiti rattles already frazzled nerves. we're going to speak to doctors without borders about what it takes to heal the survivors in their frustration about the slow pace their aid has been arriving. this is msnbc. when you take 10 minutes to answer 10 questions you help our community get what it needs for the next, oh, 10 years. we can't move forward until you mail it back. 2010 census . unlock an outdoor dreamland for your indoor cat. exciting flavor combinations, plus a touch of garden greens make it irresistible. friskies indoor delights. feed the senses. ♪ [ male annou
. but he's saying, don't worry, wall street and america, ben bernanke is going to be confirmed. it is going to be a tough year to try to get anything done because we can expect a partisan retrenchment on both sides of the aisle. >> i understand something funny happened. the president was called for jury duty this week? he had a number of excuses he could use. >> i'm reminded of the request 30 rock" episode where liz lemon showed up as princess liple lea the court trying to get out of jury duty. according to the "chicago sun times," he was on a list for jury duty in chicagoland. the white house tells thus morning the president already sent in notice he would be unable to serve. >> i think all he has to do is say, hey, got better things to do, thanks for asking. just like that. thank you very much, mike viqueira. >>> to watch david gregory's full interview with senate republican leader mish mcconnell as well as his exclusive with white house advisor valerie jarrett, "meet the press" reairs at 2:00 p.m. eastern on msnbc sunday. >>> officials in illinois are investigating a deadly plane crash t
's inauguration, and without a doubt we've had change in america. but as the election yesterday highlighted it's not necessarily all the change that america wanted. the people of massachusetts have really joined a chorus of americans that are saying that they were opposed to a government takeover of health care. they oppose the out-of-control spending in washington, d.c. and whether it's red states like virginia, blue states like emergennew jersey or now the bluest of states, massachusetts. you see republicans, you see independents, and you see many democrats right now that are saying no to this government-run health care system. they're saying no -- >> the dilemma that the incredible dilemma that faces the party today, portraying the rote as a referendum on health care and while eric cantor, the house republican whip saying it was time to join forces with republicans, the democrats argue that the democrats don't have any sort of plan and that the plan they have would simply give more money to the for profit insurance companies. so the democrats have some crucial choices that they've got to ma
president obama, he's a lot dumber than president obama. i mean, what we have here is what america suffers from. and that is cultural conditioning, which, in essence, manifests itself by undervaluing, underestimating and marginalizing people of color. it's a 20th century mentality that we can't afford to drag into the 21st century. >> what i don't get is here was harry reid supporting the president. he was talking about how barack obama would make a great choice as the next president of the united states of america. i just don't get, joe, that people even have these conversations in private, i can't imagine using those phrases, even in private conversation. it just seems dumb. >> that's because you're a decent person. that's because you have a certain socialization -- >> is it also because of my age? i'm younger. >> yes. yes. it is generational. you have grown up in a generation much like my -- i'm assuming my age, much like my children. i probably have daughters your age. they have grown up in an era where they have been socialized with people of different races and different backgrounds
the new spirit of america. in the past year, the president and his family have led by example, they say, by most recently marking martin luther king jr. day in a soup kitchen. now an army wife and vol ear fr -- volunteer who has been invited to sit next to michelle obama. when did you find out you would get this honor. >> i got a phone call from a staff and it was very, very exciting. my husband and i were sitting at home when i got the call. >> a lot at stake in the speech. the president's first state of the union. we know the situation in wisconsin and other parts of the country. what are you looking to hear beyond certainly the acknowledgement of the work you and other volunteers have done? >> i'm excited to hear about money put forward to family readiness programs, that they have added some additional money for that budget. so i'm excited to hear about that. i'm looking forward to hearing about our future in iraq and afghanistan. >> and specifically iraq and afghanistan, we know this president was against the war in iraq, campaigned against it. we know, though, that the withdrawal o
in the back of the bus, out of certain schools. for trent lott to say we voted for him and america would have been better had he won is to say that his leaving the democratic party to support segregation would have been better for the country. how do you compare that to a man saying why he was supporting a black becoming president and why he felt, even though he said it in ways that i would not agree with the words, but that he felt he was palpable? it is the exact reverse. it is an insult to the american public to act like we reacted differently when someone endorsed a segregationist ticket and someone saying i think this guy can win even as a black candidate because i think that even voters that have these kind of racial views can see him as palpable. >> let me ask you about another eyebrow raising excerpt from this new book. the late senator kennedy was offended, reportedly, by some of the comments former president clinton made when seeking kennedy's endorsement of his wife, hillary clinton. and let me read this. the book reports, quote, bill clinton then went on belittling obama in a man
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on msnbc. america's economy is growing again. a short time ago the commerce department released the first reading of the fourth quarter of 2009. it says the economy grew at a rate of 5.7% can the fastest in more than six years. that makes two consecutive quarters of growth and the strongest evidence yet that the worst recession since the great depression has officially ended. but of course with unemployment still at 10% and the real estate market still struggling, economists say it will be months before we feel like we are in a true recovery. just over 30 minutes into the trading day, the markets are up. the dow up by 54 points. again, good news from the congress department this morning. investors like it, as you can see, on the boards. >>> toyota says it has figured out a fix for the gas pedal problem that force add recall of vehicles in china, the u.s. and europe. they notified workers in an e-mail late yesterday. an update is expected later today. the company says the fix has been presented to federal regulators. meantime a house panel scheduled a hearing into whether toyota responded
. the president came forward today, talking about fining some of america's largest financial institutions, those with $50 billion in assets or more. why? because he wants them to cover the shortfall in the t.a.r.p. funds. everybody knows that controversial $700 billion bailout fund as many call it. it turns out that the good news is that the government's shortfall or exposure to that will only be $117 billion. now the president is saying some of these big companies with big assets are going to have to be the ones to repay it through a fee. although, problems ahead with that, jeff. it's going to be congress that's going to have to pass that legislation to form that fee structure. here is what the president had to say earlier today. >> we've now recovered the majority of the funds provided to banks. as far as i'm concerned, however, that's not good enough. my commitment is to the taxpayer. my commitment is to recover every single dime the american people are owed. and my determination to achieve this goal is only heightened when i see reports of massive profits and obscene bonuses at some of the v
those of us who live in new york are concerned about. we are the financial center of not just america but of the world and it's going to have a dramatic and negative effect. nobody thinks of that. >> mort zuckerman, always a pleasure to see you. thanks for coming on. >> thanks. >>> there is a massive relief effort under way in haiti, particularly food and water, but delivering the relief is becoming a logistical nightmare and some haitians are getting violent after receiving no help. so why the holdup? nbc's kerry sanders has some breaking details next. (announcer) every woman has many sides... now express each side more with downy simple pleasures from calm... to daring, elegant and beyond... express every side of you and feel more and over probably isn't giving results you want. introducing neosporin ® lip health™. shown to restore visibly healthier lips in just three days. new neosporin ® lip health™. rethink your lip care. an accident doesn't have to slow you down. from new car replacement and guaranteed repairs to accident forgiveness, we do all we can to help you move on.
think america should be asking him to do that. he shouldn't be doing it because he's a black president and we shouldn't be asking it because we're african-americans. >> he is in a unique situation in that he is a black president so he can speak from perspective. we wouldn't ask george bush to have done this. >> i'd love him to speak from perspective but there's a political penalty when you engage in race talk. >> what is the penalty now? >> right now it makes him a black president again and that's something he's trying to avoid. in the middle of a health care press conference we saw what happened. he's trying to avoid that. that's the calculation that he's going on. >> on a broader scale, we know that members of the congressional black caucus have said in different interviews they're not happy with the way the president is handling, for example, unemployment in the african-american community. white, black, latino, whatever, you want to work, take care of your family. has he been a disappointment on so-called black issues or african-american issues? >> we want race targeted policies. th
trying desperately to get home to their new home in america. nbc news ron allen has been following the story. an incredible story. what's the late tles? sounds like they are on their way. >> reporter: they are there. they arrived in tennessee this morning around 6:00, 7:00 a.m. this morning to mom and three kids. a family of four now. and i believe that tia is officially an american citizen. this is one of the stories here that has a very happy ending. although it is really -- doesn't have an ending because mike wilson is determined to bring more children out of haiti back to america. he was able to do it for a number of reasons. first, because he took the initiative to come down here the day after the quake and he's been pushing and pushing and pushing the bureaucracy to try and get her out. the problem is that the adoptions here have to be approved by the haitian government. the haitian government does not exist. all the paperwork for the adoptions is buried in the rubble. there are several hundred children who are in this almost adopted limbo situation. he was able to get his da
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've got to do it together as one america, i think that will be important. >> do you believe the president is talking about jobs in the past year? the numbers certainly shows people out there believe he has not, that he's talked more about health care. what is your opinion? did he make a mistake? did he fail in talking about jobs to the american public? >> well, first of all, he certainly didn't fail because we have stabilized the economy. when you look back a year ago in the fall not knowing what would happen. it was a very serious crisis we were in. he went on to stabilize. you're seeing some good signs out there, some glimmers of hope. it's still a very difficult time. but i do believe that an emphasis on the past year just coming from my state on jobs and the economy would have been more helpful. i think he never expected nor did anyone else that that health care debate was going to rage on for so long and so the fact that that defenseman dominated, which was so important, you'll hear from him about health care reform and how we'll move forward, i think that a lot of people are still h
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telling your constituents is this guy's doing all kinds of crazy stuff that's going to destroy america. >> luke russert joins me live from the conference in baltimore with the latest. another good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. how are you? >> i'm great. hope you are, too, luke. let's get to what the gop is saying in the wake of yesterday. what's the buzz from inside the renaissance hotel? >> reporter: it's interesting. a lot of republicans are very optimistic that they will be able to continue a working relationship with president obama that was started yesterday. they said they really enjoyed t free flow of ideas. some said they got to know the guy, get to know what he's about and how he operates. it was like a meeting that never occurred and you wonder why it took so long. democrats are ek static about the president's performance. for an hour and a half he refuted every republican talking point. almost in a setting like in house of commons in england which a lot of democrats feel showed him at his best, in debate mode which we know is one of his strongest suits. >> so, l
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. >> finally on op-edge, america's anxiety about the future as reflected in the so-called tea party brigades. in tea party teens, david brooks writes this -- >>> an interesting part. talking about tea parties the subject of the stories in the upcoming issue of "new york times" magazine, leibovitz, look, the impact the tea party movements are going to have in 2010 including the florida senate race. leibovich talks about his biggest sin for obama's administration $787 billion stimulus package. conservatives have tagged chris as being part of that pariah breed of republican today: a moderate or worse. mark leibovich joins us now. the moderating mark leibovich. mark, it's a great piece. of course you have a way with words calling chris a compact sun baked raisin of a man with a shock of white hair. you point out his standing in florida and republicans nationally was as golden as his skin but not as much lately. just how powerful has this tea party been? essentially wrecking what was the stellar recommendation and standing charlie crist had in this state? >> very powerful. by early indications, t
america, bailout outrage. where was the anger on capitol hill? lawmakers called financial head honchos to account for their actions but they took it easy on those big bosses. good afternoon, i'm contessa brewer. let's get to details coming in from haiti. the 7.0 earthquake caused a prison to collapse. dangerous inmates have escaped, 4,000. those trapped in the rubble, the popular tourist hotel montana, demolished. 200 guests reportedly unaccounted for. the assumption is they are confined in the debris of the building. the president told "the miami herald," parliament has collapsed. the tax office has collapsed. schools have collapsed. hospitals have collapsed. reportedly no medical facilities are capable of treating the wounded in port-au-prince. four u.s. embassy staffers were critically injured and flown to the naval base at guantanamo bay. some of the military members serving in haiti are missing and fewer than 20 armed forces are assigned mostly serving to the u.s. embassy in port-au-prince and most of those people have been accounted for. the haitian prime minister tells sky news
month it is spent in the caribbean and latin america. under different circumstances, this is already extraordinarily difficult and certainly under these circumstances it's yet more difficult than that. we should note that usair force teams are still scouting out some alternate landing strips of other sites, makeshift strips as they describe it, that could accommodate choppers and cargo planes. as we reported much of yesterday and our coverage today, there was that ground stop with so many planes trying to land. it was literally a parking lot on the ground, if you will, a parking lot in the sky, 11 of them at once floating around, trying to find a place to go. if they land after burning so much fuel, there is no fuel on the ground there. not just for the people who would need stuff like this, but for the military helicopters, planes and others who would need enough fuel to get home to their bases. >> some situation you're describing there, peter alexander. thank you very much. >>> dramatic pictures today from a hotel in port-au-prince, where some 200 were believed trapped in the rubbl
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. >>> and an heiress to one of america's biggest and best known business empires has been found dead in her los angeles home yesterday. she was just 30 years old. casey johnson, heiress to johnson & johnson was found dead yesterday morning. a preliminary investigation showed no signs of foul play. she is the daughter of woody johnson, who is the owner of the new york jets and hollywood socialite and former classmate of paris hilton, was engaged to mtv reality star tila tequila. we will have more on her turbulent life and what led to her early death. that and more coming up. and developing this hour, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit near the sullivan islands a day after two other quakes hit in that region. there are no immediate reports of casualties or damage from today's tremor. monday's quake triggered landslides and a ten-foot tsunami leaving more than 1,000 people homeless. and this morning 35 states are seeing below average temperatures. in fulton, new york, people have seen, get this, 52 inches of snow. over four feet in a nine-day stretch. cars in omaha remain buried after brutal cold snap there.
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